Bucs down Mars Hill in exhibition match, 3-0

Saturday, August 22, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2009) - A two-goal second period was all the ETSU men's soccer team needed as they downed Mars Hill 3-0 Saturday in an exhibition match at Summers-Taylor Stadium.


"This was a very good game for us," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "We performed up to our expectations and passed very well. For us it was important to have a shutout and to convert our chances, and we did both of those things tonight."


The two teams played three 30 minute periods as the Buccaneers outshot the Lions in the game 26-3 and had a 6-1 advantage in corners. Sophomore James Holt (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) had the lone save of the game for ETSU.


"I am very pleased with the way out team came out and approached the game mentally," Calabrese said. "The work rate was there, and we are making very good progress in the preseason. If we continue to improve at the rate we have been improving, we will have a very strong season."


The Bucs dominated the first period of the exhibition out shooting the Lions 9-0 with a 2-1 corner kick advantage. ETSU did a good job of holding possession in the Mars Hill half of the field, but could not convert as the game remained scoreless at the first intermission.


Sophomore Jaron Westbrook (Round Rock, Texas) put the Bucs up 1-0 in the 48th minute as he knocked in a pass from Tim Nixon (Alpharetta, Ga.). Sean Hoek (Newburgh, Ind.) was also credited with an assist on the goal. Minutes later ETSU was back at it again as Theo Yang (Lilburn, Ga.) collected a pass from Nixon and placed a beautiful shot past the Mars Hill keeper from just inside the 18-yard box to put the Buccaneers up 2-0 in the 53rd minute.


ETSU added a third goal in the in the 70th minute as Ryan Campbell (Knoxville, Tenn.) blasted the rebound from a Yang shot into the back of the net.


The Bucs will be back in action on Friday at 6 p.m. as they host Appalachian State in their final exhibition match of the preseason.


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